Israeli settlers kill Palestinian father, injure 30 others near Ramallah

19:00 Jan 26 2019 al Mughayyir

Hamdi Saadeh Naasan, 38, with his four children. Published by Maan News
Naasan with two of his children. Published by Maan News
Naasan's family mourning his death in the hospital. Published by Maan News

Relatives of Palestinian Hamdi Na'asan react as his body is brought into a hospital morgue, Ramallah, West Bank, January 26, 2019. Credit: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters. Published by Haaretz

sraeli soldiers confront Palestinians protesting against land seizures for Jewish settlements, in the village of al-Mughayyir, north of Ramallah, West Bank, January 25, 2019. Credit: Abbas Momani/AFP. Published by Haaretz

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) --
JAN. 27, 2019 10:26 A.M. (UPDATED: JAN. 27, 2019 12:46 P.M.)
Israeli settlers killed a Palestinian father and injured 30 others after they attempted to raid the al-Mughayyir village, east of the central occupied West Bank of Ramallah, on late Saturday.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health confirmed that Hamdi Saadeh Naasan, 38, a father of four children and a former prisoner, arrived to the hospital in critical condition, where he succumbed to his injuries shortly afterwards.

The ministry also confirmed that Israeli settlers shot Naasan with a live bullet in his back.

The ministry added that Israeli settlers injured 30 other Palestinians, of whom six were shot and injured with live ammunition in various parts of the body.

Local sources told Ma'an that violent clashes broke out among Israeli settlers, who were escorted under the heavy protection of Israeli forces, and Palestinians, to prevent settlers from entering al-Mughayyir village from its northern entrance.

Sources added that Israeli forces repeatedly fired live bullets, rubber-coated steel bullets, and stun grenades towards the Palestinians to disperse them.

Dozens of Palestinians from the nearby village of Khirbet Abu Falah village, arrived to al-Mughayyir to help its people to confront the Israeli settlers’ attack.

Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law, with recent announcements of settlement expansion provoking condemnation from the international community.

The majority of settler attacks committed against Palestinians are met with impunity, with Israelis rarely facing consequences for such attacks.
Only 1.9% of complaints submitted by Palestinians against Israeli settler attacks result in a conviction, the Israeli human rights group Yesh Din reported.

According to a report from Israeli NGO B'Tselem, "Israel both enables this reality by its deliberate lack of law enforcement and by sending soldiers to guard settlers who attack Palestinians and even help them and reaps its benefit. Under its policy, no house, no car, no field is safe, and settlers can do as they please without suffering any consequences. Living in constant fear of what is to come is an inherent part of daily life under the occupation."

Palestinian Shot Dead by Settler in West Bank Clashes, IDF Officials Believe/b>

38-year-old man is said to have been shot in the back in the village of Al-Mughayyir ■ Ten other Palestinians wounded, three in serious condition

by Yotam Berger, Jack Khoury and Yaniv Kubovich for Haaretz
Jan 26, 2019 8:47 PM

A Palestinian man was killed on Saturday and ten others wounded in clashes with Israeli soldiers and settlers north of Ramallah, in the West Bank.

The military believes that an emergency responder from Adei Ad outpost is responsible for the fatal shots. The IDF Spokesperson's Unit earlier confirmed the death of the Palestinian, while spokespeople from the outpost in question only confirmed that settlers used live fire in the incident.

In a statement, the Palestinian Health Ministry identified the fatality as 38-year-old Hamdy Taleb Na'asan, adding he was shot in the back. At least three of the Palestinian casualties are said to be wounded in serious condition. The army also said an Israeli involved in the incident was lightly wounded.

Prior to the shooting, clashes between Palestinians and a group of Jewish settlers from the Adei Ad outpost erupted at an olive grove near the village of Al-Mughayyir.

IDF and Border Police forces were deployed to the scene at which point local emergency responders from the outpost fired in the air, which led to a larger riot.

Outpost residents said they had been attacked by Al-Mughayyir residents and that clashes were sparked after one of the settlers had been stabbed with a knife. The outpost's council said emergency responders fired only when "they felt in acute danger."

Amin Abu Aaliya, the head of the Al-Mughayyir village council, told Haaretz that a group of settlers tried attacking several houses in the north of the village. "They opened fire toward the houses, and dozens of young people were hurt," he said.

Abu Aaliya added that locals then contacted the IDF's District Coordination and Liaison. "Soldiers had got to the scene, but they also started firing," he said. "We're not entirely sure who has hit by military fire and who has hit by settler (shooting), but there undoubdelty are some hit by the settlers, who had attacked the houses unprovoked."

According to him, "the situation now is very tense, people started gathering at the village center."

The Islamic Jihad organization in the West Bank dubbed the incident "an atrocious crime conducted with the backing of Zionist army and terrorism against the residents of Al-Mughayyir." It said it represents "another chapter in a long series of aggressions by settlers, who threat Palestinian villages."

Saeb Erekat, Secretary-General of the PLO Executive Committee, said "The government of Israel bears full responsibility over this despicable crime today in Al-Mughayyir."

Al-Mughayyir residents told Haaretz earlier this week the Civil Administration, a branch of the military government, promised them in the past that the Adei Ad outpost would be evacuated, but that didn’t happen, and so they started holding demonstrations every Friday.

"We feel unsafe on our own land," Abu Aaliya said. "How are we to protect ourselves and our lands? It’s a natural reaction: Either to turn to violence or to popular protest. We chose the path of popular protest.”

The Palestinian Health Ministry said on Friday a 17-year-old teen was killed by Israeli military fire near Ramallah. The IDF said Ayman Fares was she after throwing stones at cars driving on a main West Bank road.

A 25-year-old Palestinian was also killed on Friday in clashes with Israeli forces near Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, during a weekly protest along the Israeli border.

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